MacBook Air broken screen? problem, this is Shanghai!

On returning from a recent business trip my wife showed me a fault on the right hand side of the screen on her 3 year old MacBook Air. Although this fault did not prevent her from using it, it was somewhat irritating when what she wanted to read was on the right side of the screen.

I am fairly strange in that I like almost everything I own to be well kept and maintained. So having a faulty MacBook Air screen annoyed me somewhat. So I set out to get it repaired….

The first stop was the official Apple channels. I visited both an Apple Authorised Repair Centre as well as one of the big Apple Shops here in Shanghai. Both of which offered to replace the screen for a little under ¥4000 (about $600). I thought this was a little steep considering a brand new same spec model could be purchased for only ¥7088. I needed a plan B.

Not to be deterred, I asked for ideas from my followers on ADN and also contacted my wife's cousin in Wuxi because he has a couple contacts in the digital market there. His contacts suggested I purchased a replacement screen from Taobao and they would replace it for a small fee. So over to Taobao I went.

Within minutes of searching I found a seller who could supply a new screen for ¥600 and not only that, they were based in Shanghai! If I would go to their office they would also install it for ¥200! This was the solution I was looking for!

It's amazing that I eventually got a new screen installed and fitted for less than our Christmas Dinner, but I am disappointed that Apple are marking up spares and repairs by so much, especially knowing that labour is so cheap here in China.

Here is the card for the repair shop if you should ever need it!

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Traditional English Christmas Dinner in Shanghai

Sorry for posting this late!

I am sure that most expats will tell you stories of things they miss from home apart from friends and family. For me it's the occasional food or drink item.

This Christmas my wife and I decided to remain in Shanghai which meant that I would miss the traditional Christmas dinner that my mother would prepare. However to my surprise after living in Shanghai for over 2 years I was told about a restaurant that served traditional English food. Although the English are not renowned for their food, the opportunity to fill up on Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies is an opportunity not to be missed if you ever get the chance. 

So on Christmas Day we headed to Glo London for a 4 course eat until you cannot move dinner! It was simply delicious!


Four Courses

So next time you are in Shanghai with friends looking for somewhere to eat, instead of popping out for a Chinese consider going for an English! 😉

FaceTime Audio in China – Inconsistencies

Last month I wrote a post after I discovered that FaceTime Audio was disabled on the iPhone 5s that I purchased from one of the Apple Stores in Shanghai. After contacting Apple Support I was told that “…the decision to disable the FaceTime audio in devices sold in China is to adhere to regulations in that region.”

As an Apple user in China I am pleased that their relationship with the relevant authorities is better than that of Google, however yesterday I noticed an inconsistencie with this statement.

I purchased an iPad Mini with Retina Display as a Christmas Gift for my Wife. I purchased it from the Apple Store in Pudong, Shanghai and I noticed that the FaceTime Audio option is enabled and functions! So why is FaceTime Audio allowed on an iPad but not an iPhone? It simply makes no sense to me. Perhaps the carriers feel it would take revenue away from them, but if that’s the case then why not inhibit FaceTime altogether (FaceTime Video works on the iPhone!)

In China there are many things that appear illogical, but I really do wish Apple could be more transparent and clearly state which features are disabled in which region, ideally with an explanation of why.